The Rome Film Festival Red Carpet
Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, also know as the International Rome Film Festival, takes place every year in Rome in October. While a young festival, in only its 9th year, it is fast becoming one of the most important film festivals in the world, with massive media coverage and a plethora of film industry professionals in attendance. The festival is also notable for the amount of film business that takes place, making it an important global hub for the selling and distribution of features.
In line with tough economic times in Italy, the film industry has been floundering with a 27 percent box office drop between 2012 and 2013, with domestic films particularly hit, now accounting for less than a third of the domestic box office. Italian film budgets are now just €1.8m for the average feature film. As a counter to these woes the emphasis of the festival was on emerging Italian cinema and a celebration of the countries proud filmic tradition. The celebration of the power of cinema, saw a host of Hollywood stars descend upon the historic city, including Clive Owen, star of Steven Soderbergh directed The Knick, and Benicio del Toro star of Guardians of the Galaxy was also seen on the red carpet. Willem Dafoe attended for a screening of the Anton Corbijn directed A Most Wanted Man, notable for being the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s last film.